Progressional Starting Points

Progressional starting point

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” Zig Ziglar.”

A progressional starting point is a starting point catered to the individual that allows him/her to progress.

Society’s Standards
I find society places a bar or standard on working out that if you’re not running or lifting heavy weights then you aren’t doing it right. If you can’t run then why do anything else?

And if you can’t do a push-up then why try something else? We are fearful that if we don’t meet this “standard” when we begin then people are going to look at us differently. Don’t let these made up expectations stop you from starting, The key is to just start!

As I mentioned earlier the key is not to come out of the gates too fast and too hard to where all of sudden you just completely get burned out and take another year break before you decide to start working out again.

It’s crucial to find a comfortable and challenging starting point where you continue to progress and improve. Wherever you start make sure it’s comfortable enough to keep you consistent, but challenging enough to keep you progressing.

The key to progression is consistency so find that progressional starting point that allows consistency to take place.

Breaking The Start, Stop Cycle

A bar or standard is placed by America when it comes to physical exercise. Running and lifting weights are placed on a pedestal and should be the starting point for the “healthy American.”

The Key is to to be real with yourself and start with where you’re at. When you haven’t exercised for months or years and you begin as if you transformed into your high school self, it can be bad news.

You may last a week or two running, but eventually your body will wear down and one day you will wake up and quit. The key is like I mentioned is to start where you’re at and later we will talk about being ok with where you’re at.

Instead of starting with running why not go on a fast pace tempo walk for a few weeks and then increase that to a hike a couple times a week.

It’s all about starting to where your body can progress instead of burn out and run out of fuel. It’s Important that you find a starting point that allows you to progress.

Finding Your Progressional Starting Point

Find where you’re at, be OK with where you’re at, and progress from where you’re at. If you can do these three things you begin to have consistent steady progress.

If you can’t run then begin walking, and if walking is too much then begin walking in a swimming pool. If you can’t do a regular push up than do one against the wall or against the kitchen counter (high incline surface). If you can’t do a pull up than use a stretching band to assist you.

Don’t let the fear of not being able to do something right now, stop you from doing it in the future. Find a progressional starting point and work towards your goal.

To find YOUR Cardio, push-up, and pull-up progressional starting points check out my new Ebook: Born To Be Strong

There is a whole program catered to YOUR progressional starting point!


About Kyle

Kyle Collinsworth is a professional basketball player, currently playing for the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. He is a also a health coach, motivational speaker, and author or multiple books on health and fitness.

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